[ Japanese funeral customs].
UNKNOWN JAPANESE ARTIST (1860].)
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Album containing 16 mounted original watercolours on silk, each measuring 20x24cm. Oblong folio. Bound in Western style half-calf (minor repairs), but very good inside. N.p., n.d. [but ca.
A very unusual album of good quality comprising a complete set of 16 images relating to Japanese funeral ceremonies. The style, technique, and the use of watercolours is reminiscent of the studio of Kawahara Keiga (1786- ca.1862). Very little is known of his later life but there is some evidence that he moved to Yokohama or Edo during the 1850s to set up a studio catering to foreign visitors. It also bears strong similarities to the illustrations in Silver's "Sketches of Japanese Manners and Customs" (London, 1867).
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